Wednesday 7 December 2016

Blow for Dublin as star defender faces six-week lay-off

Published 19/07/2016 | 11:14

Dublin manager Jim Gavin insists that star defender James McCarthy will be fit. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin manager Jim Gavin insists that star defender James McCarthy will be fit. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Dublin have been dealt a major blow with news that defender James McCarthy has suffered medial ligament damage.

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McCarthy missed out on Sunday's win over Westmeath with what Dubs boss Jim Gavin described as a "contact injury" to his quad and he dismissed fears he had suffered a much more serious setback. 

The Irish Mirror today reported that McCarthy damaged his knee when he landed awkwardly during training and sources have since confirmed to Independent.ie that he suffered medial ligament damage and will be out for six weeks.

The Dublin management team, however, today remain confident McCarthy will make the All Ireland quarter final on August 6.

"James just got a contact injury on his quad on Wednesday," said Dublin boss Jim Gavin after Sunday's win over Westmeath. "We could have pushed him but it was five days and with the new rules, you need to put your team in earlier than what it used to be.

"So that kind of forced our hand on that one. James is a very experienced player but Eric (Lowndes) did very well for the team and played his part, and the players who came in played a team part. Hopefully we'll have James back. . . well I know we'll have him back for the next day."

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